The AOA Supports the Joining Forces Initiative

Dr. Frank Brettschneider is an experienced Michigan-based physician who has been a practicing otolaryngologist and orofacial plastic surgeon since 1990. An active professional, Dr. Frank Brettschneider is a member of several medical organizations, including the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Serving over 104,000 osteopathic physicians, or DOs, as well as medical students, the AOA has several goals. The group acts as the primary certifying body for DOs, provides accreditation to osteopathic medical schools, promotes scientific research, and works as an advocate for public health. As part of its advocacy, the AOA has partnered with the White House and the greater medical community in the national Joining Forces initiative.

Joining Forces calls on all sectors of society to provide support for military veterans. The AOA is doing its part by raising awareness in the osteopathic community of the specific mental and physical health needs of service members and their families. In a show of solidarity, the nation’s 26 osteopathic medical schools have pledged to train their students to be sensitive to the unique medical needs of military personnel, to spread information regarding traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, and to work to improve the general health and wellness of service members and their families.